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From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Friday, March 5, 2004, 1:47
Roger Mills wrote at 2004-03-04 19:56:48 (-0500)
 > And Rosta wrote:
 > > Andreas:
 > > > Quoting David Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...>:
 > > >
 > > > > Also, as opposed to Tolkien, it's actually good writing and
 > > > > literature, and worth reading.
 > As one who appreciates Tolkien-- but alas, not usually for his
 > prose style-- let me rise to David's defense.  Nabokov's _Pale
 > Fire_ is indeed well written and worth reading. (I don't recall the
 > Slavic conlang bit, but let that pass...........).  I don't think
 > David was saying that JRRT was _not_ worth reading, except in
 > comparison with VN.  (OK, have I inserted my foot far enough??)

Isn't it possible to interpret David's sentence such that "as opposed
to Tolkien" only applies to "it's actually good writing and literature"
and not "worth reading"?  That seems like a much more reasonable
position for a conlanger.

I may as well recommend some books while I'm writing this.  (I agree
with all the above recommendations that I've read, and those I haven't
are on my reading list.)  _A Practical Introduction to Phonetics_, by
J. C. Catford, is a pretty good introduction to phonetics (I haven't
read all of this book, but I like it so far).  Mithun's _The Languages
of Native North America_ is wideranging and affordable, if you're
interested in that kind of thing.